My good friend Stacy recently came over for a visit and really wanted to build a daybed. She had liked Ana's Rectangles Daybed inspired by West Elm's Windows Daybed, but we wanted to do a twist on that original. I love all things herringbone and drew up some plans via sketch-up for a herringbone style daybed and Stacy loved them! We got to work and spent a full day working on and finishing the bed.
I marked this project as "advanced" due to all of the thinking and miter cuts that have to happen in this plan. Once you get the pattern, you can knock it out pretty quickly, but for us, getting that down was a little tricky. I wouldn't try this as a first project.
I've listed the materials and cuts that you'll need to build the bed here, but for the full plans, head on over to my blog, Old Paint Design!
5 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
9 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
8 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 36″ – Bottom Support
9 – 1×2 @ 9 7/8″, mitered at 45 degrees on each side parallel to each other – Center Herringbone (both sides touching middle)
9 – 1×2 @ 9″ measured from the long ends, mitered at 45 degrees on each side NOT parallel to each other – Center Herringbone (longer piece, one side touching middle, one side touching the top/bottom)
9 – 1×2 @ 4 3/8″ measured from the long ends, mitered at 45 degrees on each side NOT parallel to each other – Center Herringbone (shorter piece, one side touching middle, one side touching the top/bottom)
8 – 1×2 @ 3 5/8″, measured from the long ends, mitered at 45 degrees on each side NOT parallel to each other – Side Herringbone (shorter piece, one side touching middle, one side touching the top/bottom)
16 – 1×2 @ 11 5/8″, mitered at 45 degrees on each side parallel to each other – Side Herringbone (both sides touching middle)
17 – 1×3 @ 39″ – Slats
16 – 2×2 @ 18″ – Center Herringbone Supports
2 – 2×2 @ 8 1/4″ – Center Legs
2 – 2×2 @ 75″ – Cleats
4 – 2×2 @ 30″ – Legs
2 – 2×2 @ 39″ – Side Top
1 – 2×2 @ 75″ – Back Top
2 – 2×4 @ 75″ – Back/Front Bottom
2 – 2×4 @ 39″ – Side Bottom
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.